Alan The Caricaturist
Alan is an exciting caricature artist based in Oxfordshire. He’s been a full time caricaturist from 2014, usually drawing at 120 events a year. He’s is amongst the fastest in the UK, drawing a quality caricature in 4 minutes.
You can tell caricatures are his passion – he draws with such an animated face so as to breathe life into the pictures. The caricatures strike just the right balance between being humourous and complimentary.
Alan The Caricaturist
Alan specializes in drawing stylish caricatures at events - weddings, corporate functions, conferences, trade fairs and parties. Not only is it fun to watch, the drawings make great gifts for the guests to take home - something personal that they’re likely to frame.
Alan’s been drawing faces since school, so he has an instinct for likeness. He enjoys meeting people and loves entertaining them with the magic of live caricatures. He captures their personalities and quirks on the page with uncanny accuracy and consistency.
Apart from drawing on paper, he also draws on his iPad at events. He brings a fresh approach to this cool medium, which allows him to draw these in colour as fast as his paper portraits.Alan can also draw caricatures from photos before an event or as a gift. They are customizable, from a black & white head & shoulders to a fully-coloured themed scene.
And what’s more, the experience still works over a video link like Skype or Zoom. Book Alan for a video caricature session to bring the laughs wherever you are.
We chose Alan after our planned caricature had to cancel because of lockdown, and he was brilliant. He captured the fun of the night and our guests had a lovely memento of the day - Recommended.
Brilliant... Lots of fun and we were so happy that our guests had something to take away. So glad we booked Alan for our day.
Where do I even start to say thank you and how grateful we are that you shared your day with us yesterday. The drawings were such a hit, people cannot stop talking about it, guests changed their whatsapp profile pics to the drawings, you kept the people so entertained! It was such a privilege and pleasure having you as part of our wedding.
- PWC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers)
- British Armed Forces
- EY (Ernst and Young)
- Anglo American
- Hannover Re: Insurance
How long is the setup?
How fast are you?
On paper, I draw each face in about 4 minutes, which means 14 faces per hour (7 couples). On the iPad, I draw a face in 5 to 8 minutes, ie. 7 to 12 faces per hour.
What size are the drawings?
On paper - A4 for singles, A3 for couples and groups up to six people, A2 for larger groups
Digital prints – A5 or A6 for singles, A5 or A4 for couples and groups
What about lighting?
It’s best to have me in a lit area, but I do bring my own backup lighting, (battery operated - no power needed).
Travel or material costs?
These are included in the quote.
Seated or mix n mingle?
I prefer drawing seated at my compact easel for speed and viewing purposes but I am comfortable to mix & mingle too.
I usually use the venue’s seating but can supply my own if needed.
When should I book?
It’s best to book me early, as I get bookings up to 2 years in advance. But I do often get 2 bookings in one day, so it’s worth enquiring, even for last minute bookings.
What about trade fairs?
Caricatures are a great way to attract people to your stand. Offer them to a targeted audience or as an experience for everyone.
Can I get a message printed onto the paper?
I have organized many messages that get printed on all the paper beforehand. There is a small extra cost for organising this.
Can I get a copy of all the drawings?
This is definitely possible. I can take a quick high-resolution photo of them with their drawings (or just the drawings) and send to you, at no extra cost.
Do guests take their drawings home?
Yes, for sure. Unless otherwise organized. And I supply a plastic sleeve to protect the drawings.
Do guests try to tip me?
Sometimes they try to, but I let them know that everything is paid for. And I always bring a sign that says “Free caricatures”.
What if people try to come for more than one drawing?
This often happens, especially with kids. I judge the situation, but for bigger audiences, I usually have a sign that says “One caricature per person” so that all those wanting a drawing get one.
You can hire Alan from 2 - 7 hours of drawing.
Alan offers the following:
“Classic” Paper Caricatures
Alan draws 12 to 15 faces (7 couples) per hour in black and white, often with splashes of colour. He prefers drawing seated at an easel for a better viewing experience, but is just as comfortable to ‘mix ‘n mingle’ with the crowd. He has a penchant for presentation and punctuality. He can help with a personalized message printed on the paper beforehand, or with other presentation ideas.
Digital Caricature “Wizardry”
Alan is just as comfortable drawing live on a tablet as on paper. He draws between 8 and 12 faces per hour on his iPad. He brings all his own equipment, including a large display monitor and a printer. The drawings can be printed or shared on the spot, along with a message or logo. A great idea for a conference or exhibition to draw visitors to your stand. Or even at weddings, where you can get two prints - one for the guests and one for the guestbook.
Drawn from the studio
Send photos of people and Alan can draw caricatures of them, either digitally or by hand, at any specified size. They make for great gifts. At weddings, they can be used for signing boards, table planners, place settings, Save the Dates or invitations.
Video link caricatures
Alan can also draw digital caricatures on his iPad over a video link like Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meets. He can share them then and there or upload to a website for guests to download later. A great idea for virtual events. Book Alan for a session.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.